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  •  Rick Noriega was a great candidate. (2+ / 0-)
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    Texdude50, glorificus

    Veteran, charismatic, and possessed cross racial appeal. Texas is a damned expensive place to campaign though with lots and lots of very expensive media markets.

    •  Exactly (2+ / 0-)
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      fuzzyguy, glorificus

      Which is why I was trying to figure out how to campaign in the state. Where do you focus to get the most bang for your buck?

      The Spice must Flow!

      by Texdude50 on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 12:33:07 PM PDT

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      •  It amazes me (2+ / 0-)
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        Texdude50, glorificus

        how little there is done with the Spanish language media markets. Ads on Spanish language radio markets, Univision, Telemundo would help some. Booths to register voters and hand out information at the farmer's markets and flea markets would help too. At times it seems there are two cities (my perspective is mostly Houston) that the Spanish speaking population lives, works, and shops in and then there is the English speaking city that everyone else lives, works, and shops in. Rarely do you see any crossover from English speaking folks to the Spanish side.

        •  It would also help if the national party (2+ / 0-)
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          Texdude50, glorificus

          would do more to help grow the Democratic party down in TX as well. Down ticket races are the bench that gets built up and moves on to bigger office positions. There are WAY too many uncontested R only elections for smaller local positions. I love the what the state party has been doing in TX lately!

        •  Actually (3+ / 0-)
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          fuzzyguy, entrelac, glorificus

          I'm in Houston too, and when I go to the strip-center TexMex restaurants - the ones where no one speaks English, I see lots of Anglos. I do notice a lot of mixing.

          The Spice must Flow!

          by Texdude50 on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 01:13:04 PM PDT

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          •  That is good, but is it just the restaurants? (2+ / 0-)
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            Texdude50, glorificus

            Hitting up the flea markets, Spanish markets (like MasMart?), festivals, and non-yuppy farmer's markets, usually the number of white folks could be counted on two hands. I moved from Houston a year ago. Lived there and in the surrounding area for almost 30 years. I think it depends upon where you go in the city as well, a 100 miles of sprawl is a lot of ground to cover with hundreds of different sub-communities and cultures. I think hitting up the Vietnamese and Indian markets would help too. Those, again, seem like largely untapped radio and print markets.

        •  That's starting to change (3+ / 0-)
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          Texdude50, glorificus, fuzzyguy
          At times it seems there are two cities (my perspective is mostly Houston) that the Spanish speaking population lives, works, and shops in and then there is the English speaking city that everyone else lives, works, and shops in. Rarely do you see any crossover from English speaking folks to the Spanish side.
          At least it was when I left Houston 2 years ago. It wasn't a huge shift, but there was a definite shift in the us & them mentality.

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